See also: Crowning Moment of Awesome

  • Crazy Awesome:
    • During his time with the group, when they played Hells Bells live, Brian Johnson swung from the bell that was lowered onto stage upside down.
    • Angus Young's amp caught fire while recording "Let There Be Rock". It didn't stop him from playing one of his most iconic solos.
    • Ending every show with a literal 21-gun salute in "For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)" might qualify as well.
    • You want someone to play a Hard Rock track with bagpipes on top of a truck in the middle of a street in Melbourne, Australia? AC/DC can make it happen.
    • As put by a YouTube commenter on the Hard As A Rock video:
      YouTube comment: You can be cool, but you'll never be Angus Young riding a wrecking ball, smashing through a window while playing a guitar cool.
  • Ear Worm: Many songs, specially because of their repeating choruses and Epic Riffs. "Back in Black", "Highway to Hell", "It's a Long Way to the Top" and "Thunderstruck" withstanding.
  • Epic Riff: "Back in Black", "Thunderstruck", "It's A Long Way To The Top", "Mistress for Christmas", "Beating Around the Bush", "Fire Your Guns", "Hells Bells", "Jailbreak"... seriously, every song may qualify. "It's a Long Way To The Top" is a special case in that it also has an Epic Riff for bagpipes.
  • Growing the Beard: More like "Re-grew the Beard"; they had a big comeback with the great The Razor's Edge in the '90s. The album produced some of their famous songs (like "Thunderstruck"), its follow-ups Ballbreaker and Stiff Upper Lip were fairly well received, and 2008's Black Ice got critical acclaim and was that year's second best selling album. Then again, if you ask others, they'll tell you in no uncertain terms that AC/DC never lost the beard to begin with. Granted, they might have trimmed it a bit, but they never lost it.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In "Little Lover", Bon Scott sings about romancing a teenage girl who has his "picture on your bedroom wall, next to Gary Glitter". With what we know about Gary Glitter today, it's a bit problematic.
    • The final shot of the "Shake Your Foundations"' music video has the World Trade Center towers in it.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Bon Scott's two previous bands (from before he joined AC/DC) each had a guitarist who played a Gibson SG, which is also Angus Young's preferred guitar.
  • Hype Backlash: AC/DC Back in Black Limited Edition, a deluxe pinball table, climbed the ranks at the Internet Pinball Database's Top 300 games until it reached #1. This prompted some very negative reviews of the table, pushing down to #20 in less than twelve hours. (AC/DC Limited Edition, which doesn't tie in to any album in particular, is still on the Top 10, however, and is Stern's top-ranking machine on the list.)
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: The band has never changed their style in their decades-long run, often relying on the same three chords in every song. Their own response to this is that those chords work, so why change it? As Brian Johnson supposedly said:
    "Someone said to Angus the other day, ‘Hey, you’ve made the same album 15 times.’ Angus said, ‘No, man, we’ve made the same album 16 times!’"
  • LGBT Fanbase: Because AC/DC is also slang for bisexual, they have a large gay following, which they embrace.note 
  • Painful Rhyme: Occasionally Played for Laughs, especially in the Bon Scott days.
    Gonna be a rock'n'roll star!
    YES I ARE!
  • Signature Song: "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" for the Scott incarnation of the band, to the point that Johnson ended up never performing the song out of respect for Scott. "Back in Black" is probably the equivalent for the Johnson incarnation and "Highway to Hell" covers both incarnations.
  • Song Association: If you've gone to see any movie after roughly 1995, chances are you've heard "Back in Black" in at least two trailers.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Yes, they had at least one: "Gimme A Bullet", from Powerage, notable in that it's not even a slow ballad but a mid-tempo hard rock song. Australian journalist Jesse Fink noted in his biography of the Young brothers that "Gimme A Bullet" helped him get through an exceptionally painful divorce.
    • "Ride On" is one of AC/DC's only ballads, being about a lonely drifter with no friends, family or lovers just trying to keep going in hopes of a better life someday.
    • Malcolm Young's diagnosis of, and eventual passing from, dementia.